the north goa district congress party has threatened to take to streets to vehemently oppose decision of the central government over the linking of Adhar card to pan card
the north goa district congress party has threatened to take to streets to vehemently oppose decision of the central government over the linking of Adhar card to pan card the congress party also appealed to the government to stop accepting 1 thousand rupees from poor people towards linking of Adhar card to pan card
addressing a press conferene, GPCC General Secretary Vijay Bhike said that the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi was a shocking attempt to silence the voice of a national leader. He assured that the Congress Party would not take such an action lightly. The GPCC General Secretary then went on to recollect that the Aadhar Card was conceptualized and implemented by the UPA government as a universal identity that would facilitate the disbursal of the many schemes and subsidies that were available to the people. He said that at that time the BJP had come out very strongly against the Aadhar Card and had demanded its withdrawal. Yet today, the same BJP was putting the people through great stress by demanding that the Aadhar Card be linked to the Pan Card within a short time limit. “In the time of CM Manohar Parrikar, huge amounts were spent on setting up an IT cell” he said and wondered why the IT cell had not thought ahead to set up kiosks and create awareness of Aadhar linkages necessary for e governance. “This job should have been done free of cost by the IT cell. Instead the onus was thrown fully on the helpless people creating much stress and tension for them. The fine imposed for not linking the Aadhar and Pan Card on time, is yet another ruse of the government to collect money and has put a great burden on poor people, the uneducated and the old people” he said. He appealed to the government to spare a thought for the people who were having to stand in long lines and pay Rs.500 to get it done. He also pointed out that the bad connectivity prevalent in Goa made this task even more difficult for the people to accomplish. Hence, this service should be provided by the government. He suggested that the government involve college students in the IT cell and offer this service free of cost to the people.
Congress leader Elvis Gomes said that the Aadhar Pan card linking was just a scheme to loot the poor people by fining them Rs.1000 without creating proper awareness. While the Congress government had set up many beneficial schemes, line MNREGA and Right to Food for the poor the Aadhar Card had been envisaged to enable direct benefit into the accounts. He strongly questioned the need for a Rs.1000 fine and wondered why it was not possible to extend the time given for this purpose. “This linkage could be done on their own by persons having computers. What about the poor? This is a direct blow to them” he said. He also bemoaned the fact that the nation’s hard won constitution and democratic polity was being systematically undermined. “Stop the levying of the fine and extend the date of Aadhar-Pan card linkage. Ease the burden on the people” he urged the government. He also felt that the postponing of the Aadhar –Voter card linkage was due to its potential to make difficult and stop bogus voting, which the government did not actually want.
Sanjay Barde North Goa spokesperson said that the Prashasan Dari held by the government recently was just a drama without any sincerity of purpose. Although it was presented as coming to the door of the people, in reality, it was the people and local representative who had to approach to high government officials to present their grievances.
North Goa District Congress Committee President Virendra Shirodkar said it was strange how quickly the systems worked in a matter of two hours when it came to disqualifying Congress leader Rahul Gandhi from Parliament, when the Goa disqualification petition against the defecting MLAs filed in the High Court by the Goa Congress party never seems to be reaching a final conclusion.